The short-format season began on Wednesday as Millfield sealed the Mount Kelly 10s title.
It was the first big short-form tournament of the season, and will be swiftly followed by the Seaford 10s on Sunday, which we will be live streaming and you will be able to watch via the live links below.
Over at Mount Kelly, Millfield claimed the title in a competitive competition. Both initial pools ended up with the top 3 all tied on points, with only points difference able to separate them.
In total there were ten teams in action, split into two groups of five, with the top two from each heading to the Cup semi finals, third and fourth to the Plate semis, and fifth place straight to the Bowl final.
Group 1 saw the hosts, Mount Kelly through as the top seeds but it was all so tight. They, King’s Burton, and Truro College were all level on points after Mount Kelly beat Truro College but lost to King’s Burton, who in turn lost to Truro College. That left it down to points difference, where Mount Kelly topped the pile by a single point from King’s Burton, while Truro College went through to the Plate alongside Torquay Boys Grammar. Plymouth College meanwhile went to the Bowl final.
Over in Group 2 it was a similar story with Millfield, King’s College Taunton, and Bridgend College all level on points after Millfield had beaten Bridgend but lost to King’s Taunton, who then lost to Bridgend. Millfield topped the pile thanks to a very healthy points difference, and it was to be King’s Taunton that joined them in the Cup but only by a single point from Bridgend, who went to the Plate alongside Truro School. Colyton Grammar went to face Plymouth College in the Bowl Final.
As it would turn out though, King’s College Taunton then had to pull out, bumping Bridgend up to the Cup and leaving Truro College with a semi final bye in the Plate.
In the Cup semi finals Millfield were up against King’s Bruton, where they sealed a 15-5 victory to head into the final, and they were to be joined by the hosts after Mount Kelly beat incoming Bridgend College, from Wales, 19-0.
That set up the hosts against one of the most famous rugby names in the world in the final, and Millfield delivered on that fame for a 7-0 victory to start their shortened format season with a bang.
Over in the Plate Truro School joined their neighbours Truro College in the final thanks to a 24-0 victory over Torquay Boys Grammar in the semi final, and the final lived up to that local rivalry billing, with Truro School just edging out their ACE College opposition 10-7. Over in the Bowl, Plymouth College picked up the silverware, beating Colyton Grammar 21-12.
In the end though, the story was that Millfield’s 10s and 7s season has started off where they left off in the 15s season – riding high. As they build towards the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s they are going to be one of the ones to watch. Look out for Mount Kelly too though, who had a strong day and put in a real challenge in the final.
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Cup Champions – Millfield
Final: Millfield 7-0 Mount Kelly
Semi Finals: Millfield 15-5 King’s Bruton, Mount Kelly 19-0 Bridgend College
Plate Champions – Truro School
Final: Truro School 10-7 Truro College
Semi Finals: Truro School 24-0 Torquay Boys Grammar, Truro College v Bye
Bowl Champions – Plymouth College
Bowl Final: Plymouth College 21-12 Colyton Grammar
|Pos||Group 1||Group 2|
|2||King’s Bruton||King’s College, Taunton|
|3||Truro College||Bridgend College|
|4||Torquay Boys Grammar||Truro School|
|5||Plymouth College||Colyton Grammar|